Written By: Elena White
Article Date: May 1, 2012 - 10:19:58 PM
Residents in Aden told the Yemen Observer that sea-port workers were continuing their strike movement, demanding that DP World, a Dubai based maritime operator, be expulsed from Yemen for mismanagement of the Aden sea-port and violations of the terms of its contract. They also deplored the inequalities in salaries and benefits compared to other DP World employees within the region.
Aden Sea-Port paralized by a strike
DP World which was entrusted the running of the sea-port of Aden back in 2008 is being accused of willingly maintaining the port into disrepair and chronic under development as to ensure Dubai hegemony in the region.
Despite the fact that Aden is geographically and strategically much better situated than Dubai, the sea-port is still in its infancy stage, having been left behind by even Djibouti, a port which only a few years ago was struggling.
Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirby actually took matters in his own hands when he decided to write a letter to the Emirati government, asking from his counterpart to act as a mediator in between DP World and Sana’a, as to solve the matter rapidly.
For the past ten days, Aden has been literally paralyzed with no sign that the Union will call back its members, wanting to make a point.
"The strike has led to total paralysis and has stopped movement at the port since ships are not being received," said a Union official to Reuters.
Workers are adamant that they will not leave before their demands are met in their entirety, saying that after years of humiliation it was time they taught the maritime operator a lesson.
DP world officials said they were working at solving the matter.
"Our primary concern is the wellbeing and safety of our people. We are in close contact with all parties concerned and hope to resolve the situation and resume operations as soon as possible," a spokesman for DP World said but failed to elaborate further.
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